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Who knew that my tip about how to format your hard drive in FAT32 with two simple steps would rise to the top of searches in Google?

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The Google Sign

I knew it. It was a matter of time before someone would create a Google Doodle logo in ASL. That has happened. Here’s the image below.

Click on ‘Grades 7-9’, and Region 2 to see it.

Kudos to Molly Kestenbaum for creating the art and getting nominated! Vote for her!

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Doodle 4 Google


So cool. :-)

Oh yeah, you can enter the doodle competition at http://www.google.com/doodle4google/

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I’m on CNN/Money!

Click on the link or image to see the video.

CNN/Money on Google

Cool!

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Doodle 4 Google My Australia video clip

Cool, my boss, Dennis Hwang, is in this video.


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Google and Closed Captioning?

Thought I’d repost this to see if deafread.com will pick it up.

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Who could have thought that in one day, closed captioning would “power” Google’s search engine as the source for searching through videos? Google recently introduced Google Video as a means to search through TV programming and used closed captioning (CC) for indexing. What? Google uses closed captioning!? This may appear insignificant to you who don’t have to set on CC to understand the shows, but ever since TV was created, deaf people were all but stuck to watch TV as if people were puppets behind the glass and they had to rely on their imagination to assume what was going on in the shows. (thus, some deaf people have bad-assuming habits.) Finally in 1971, the closed captioning was finally born behind the glass in the line 21 of the vertical blinking interval (VBI) and required a special decoder since hearing people didn’t want to be bothered with the “annoying” black/white lines invading precious space on their televisions.

In partnership between ABC and NBC, they gave a preview to the deaf audience by captioning “The Mob Squad.” Since it was only a preview, it cost them money to provide such a service, and the Federal Government (Dept. of Education and FCC) realized they had to get involved; otherwise, this project would be dead. So, they gave a push to this project and this “experiment” was finally done. Who knew how many petitions and letters had to be done to get the CC into the TVs?

It wasn’t till 8 years later before the first closed captioning was finally broadcast across the U.S. and that was on The ABC Sunday Night Movie, The Wonderful World of Disney (NBC), and Masterpiece Theatre (PBS). Remember the decoders I just mentioned above? Till 1992, only about 400,000 decoders were sold and the gigantic TV networks saw no reason to keep captioning their shows. Without the government’s intervention, CC would have simply gone extinct and we Deaf people would be back to be watching Tom & Jerry than Law & Order ‘cuz it’d give a better comprehension and less assumption work.

So, in 1996, the Congress passed the law to require CC be available on all televisions. (By then, the CC decoder had shrunk to the size of a chip and it didn’t cost manufacturers much to install a decoder chip inside tvs.) Even to this day, not every show is captioned but we have come far since 1980 when only 15 hours a week were captioned and several close encounters with the death of CC due to money talks.

There you have it, a short bit of history on the closed captioning and you can see why somebody like myself is very delighted to see something like Google that is indexing CC as the source for TV information. All of a sudden, it’s not so insignificant anymore and it’s accessible to the millions of people around the world who watch TV, not to the Deaf people only.

Now, TV networks see a reason to keep captioning their shows ‘cuz they know that people will be searching through Google Video, and the more captioning there is, the more likely those people will be led back to the network that provides the captioning. That is a good thing for TV networks. Finally, after 25 years since the first captioning, we may see 100% captioning on all shows and you can say thanks to Google.

**update: a law was just passed that TV shows not for profits don’t have to provide captioning.

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Google and Closed Captioning?

Who could have thought that in one day, closed captioning would “power” Google’s search engine as the source for searching through videos? Google recently introduced Google Video as a means to search through tv programming and used closed captioning (CC) for indexing. What? Google uses closed captioning!? This may appear insignificant to you who don’t have to set on CC to understand the shows, but ever since TV was created, deaf people were all but stuck to watch tv as if people were puppets behind the glass and they had to rely on their imagination to assume what was going on in the shows. Finally in 1971, the closed captioning was finally born behind the glass in line 21 of the vertical blinking interval (VBI) and required a special decoder since hearing people didn’t want to be bothered with the “annoying” black/white lines invading precious space on their televisions. In parternship between ABC and NBC, they gave a preview to deaf audience by captioning “The Mob Squad.” Since it was only a preview, it cost them money to provide such a service, and the Federal Government (Dept. of Education and FCC) realized they had to get involved; otherwise, this project would be dead. So, they gave a push to this project and this “experiment” was finally done. Who knew how many petitions and letters had to be done to get the CC into the tvs?

It wasn’t till 8 years later before the first closed captioning was finally broadcast across the U.S. and that was on The ABC Sunday Night Movie, The Wonderful World of Disney (NBC), and Masterpiece Theatre (PBS). Remember the decoders I just mentioned above? Till 1992, only about 400,000 decoders were sold and the gigantic TV networks saw no reason to keep captioning their shows. Without the government’s intervention, CC would have simply gone extinct and we deaf people would be back to watching Tom & Jerry than Law & Order ‘cuz it’d give a better comprehension. So, in 1996, the Congress passed the law to require CC be available on all televisions. (By then, the CC decoder had shrunk to the size of a chip and it didn’t cost the manufactuers much to install the decoder chip inside the tvs.) Even to this day, not everything is captioned but we have come far since only 15 hours a week were captioned in 1980 and several close encounters with the death of CC due to money talks.

There you have it, a short bit of history on the closed captioning and you can see why somebody like me is very delighted to see something like Google is indexing CC as the source for TV information. All of a sudden, it’s not so insignificant anymore and it’s accessible to the millions of people around the world who watch TV, not to deaf people only. Now, TV networks see a reason to keep captioning their shows ‘cuz they know that people will be searching through Google Video, and the more captioning there is, the more likely those people will be led back to the network that provides the captioning. That is a good thing for TV networks. Finally, after 25 years since the first captioning, we may see 100% captioning on all shows and you can say thanks to Google.

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Is there such a job for web-surfing?

I must admit: I spend a good part of my day on web-surfing. Whether you think it’s geeky or an awful way to spend your day. I know for one thing. I can’t stop web-surfing. It’s like an addiction. I find a joy in finding cool or useful websites, i.e. “Hey! you gotta see this webpage.” and drag my friends to see what’s showing on my widescreen flat monitor. It’s like finding your keys after it was lost for 2 days. That kind of euphoric feeling. Google is currently indexing a little over 7 billions pages weekly. 7 billion pages? And we’ve only scratched 1 percent of them. Isn’t that kinda sad? So I suppose it’s my goal to scratch a little more than 1 percent and find some cool stuffs.

I wonder if there’s such a job for web-surfers and make recommendations and spread the knowledge. Although I have a job at the government, I probably only do 4 hours of real work and the rest on web-surfing. I’m aware that Google has researchers who “googles” information. I’d love to do that. One thing about me is that I can almost find ANYTHING through the internet. Sometimes, my friend and I would play a game and see who would find the information first. “Haha, I found it first before you did.” or “Can’t find it? I have it on my screen, wanna see it?” with my face grinning broadly.

Well, if you know of a job that web-surfs, lemme know!

    Some good websites to check out:

Mobissimo.com: This website parses your flight search through travel sites and airlines websites (about 80 of them) so you don’t have to go to each website to get the quotes.

techbargains.com: This looks for good tech stuffs on bargain, mostly Dell deals.

Gizmo.com: Latest tech products information

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